Enable or Disable Power Throttling on Windows 11 [Quick Steps]

Boost performance and extend battery life

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  • Power Throttling manages CPU power consumption, and prioritizes energy, performance & user experience, thereby helping the users make the most of their devices.
  • To know how to enable or disable the feature, continue reading! 

Enabling or disabling Power throttling in Windows 11 is a decision that can be made on one’s specific computing preferences and needs.

In this guide, we will discuss the three easiest methods with step-by-step instructions to turn on or off Power throttling, ensuring a smooth user experience.

Why should I enable or disable Power throttling?

Power throttling on Windows 11 is a dynamic power management feature designed to optimize energy consumption and enable battery life by controlling the background applications’ CPU usage.

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Enabling the feature can help you prioritize energy efficiency & extend battery power. However, it may impact the background applications’ performance and prevent them from running at their full potential.

On the other hand, disabling Power throttling is not unsafe but can lead to increased power consumption, which means a reduced battery life for your laptops.

How do I enable Power throttling on Windows 11?

Before moving to the detailed steps to enable the feature, make sure you go through the preliminary checks:

  • Ensure your Windows is up to date.
  • Make sure you have the hardware that supports Power throttling.
  • You must have a basic knowledge of power plans and settings.

1. Using the Power settings

  1. Press Windows + I to open the Settings.
  2. Go to System, then click Power & battery.Power & battery
  3. Locate Power mode, and you will find three options:
    • Best power efficiency – Enable Power throttling
    • Balanced – Enable Power throttling
    • Best Performance – Disable power throttling
  4. Select Best power efficiency or Balanced to enable Power throttling.Power & battery - Power Throttling on Windows 11

To achieve maximum performance and prevent overheating and damage to your PC, you must also know about CPU throttling.

2. Using the Registry Editor

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box.Regedit RUN COMMAND - Power Throttling on Windows 11
  2. Type regedit and click OK to open the Registry Editor.
  3. First, let us create a back of registry entries, go to File, then click Export. Save the .reg file to an accessible location.
  4. Navigate to this path: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power
  5. Right-click Power, select New, then click Key.Key -Power Throttling on Windows 11
  6. Right-click the new key, click Rename, name it PowerThrottling, and then press Enter.Rename
  7. Select PowerThrottling, right-click, and select New, then DWORD (32-bit) Value.DWORD - Power Throttling on Windows 11
  8. Now, rename the DWORD as PowerThrottlingOff and press Enter. Double-click PowerThrottlingOff, change the Value data to 0, then click OK to save the changes, then restart your computer.Enable or Disable Power Throttling on Windows 11
  9. To disable the feature, change the Value data to 1, then click OK.

3. Using the Group Policy Editor

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box.GPEDIT MSC RUN -Disable Power Throttling on Windows 11
  2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK to open Group Policy Editor.
  3. Go to this path: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Power Management\Power Throttling SettingsTurn off Power Throttling
  4. Locate and double-click the Turn off Power Throttling policy, select Disabled, and click Apply, then OK.
  5. Restart your PC to save the changes.

How do I disable Power throttling on Windows 11?

You can reverse-engineer the steps from the above-mentioned methods to disable Power throttling on your Windows computer.

To disable the feature for an individual process, press Windows + I to open Settings>System>Power & battery>Battery usage, locate the app, click three dots, and select Manage background activity.

How can I monitor Power throttling on Windows 11?

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Right-click anywhere on the columns, and choose Select columns.Select column
  3. On the next page, place a checkmark next to Power throttling and click OK.Taskmgr_ m- Powerthrottling - Disable Power Throttling on Windows 11
  4. A new column will be added, and you can check which Process ID has Power throttling enabled or disabled.

Disabling Power throttling can unleash your CPU’s full potential, delivering peak performance for resource-intensive tasks; however can cost you reduced battery life.

Enabling it can restrict CPU usage for background applications, balancing power consumption and enhancing battery life; however, may cause performance issues.

So as we already mentioned, it totally depends upon your computing requirements. If you have any questions or suggestions about the subject, feel free to mention them in the comments section below.

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